I don’t usually write about my job online because it isn’t what the blog is for. However it is for my teaching job that I am soon to be moving.
In a matter of weeks I am moving from the south east of sunny Queensland to the south west, where there is even more sun and lots of red sand. All of the sand I could ever want. While this is an exciting and challenging prospect I am also very sad about leaving behind my first few teaching years and the first school I have worked at.
As the last few weeks have rolled on I have said good-bye to so many people and then the cards and gifts came in. Everytime I received one it made me sad but then I would be happy that I had another memory to take with me, and then I was sad again. Basically I’ve been bouncing along the full emotional spectrum over the last couple of weeks.
I know it is going to be hard. Packing up all my stuff and actually organising it for the move is going to be a nightmare. I’m nearly hemmed in with boxes as it is in my study and all I’ve done so far is bring my stuff home from work. I haven’t even begun packing the stuff that was in my study at home.
But once that is done…
New experiences are amazing things. They broaden the mind and stimulate creativity. They help you to grow and to understand.
I was thinking about my writing the other day. Almost all of my stories are set in fantasy worlds but it is amazing how they all have mountains and forests and coastlines and could very much be mistaken for the undeveloped parts of south east Queensland for anyone who has spent any time there. Each world is unique and yet there are these similarities that crop up again and again.
Since learning about the move I’ve written two new story outlines and put them aside for later (once I have time and am starting a new project). One of them is set in a remote forest community at the base of an extinct volcano but the other is being built around a civilisation in the desert. Probably this is because I’ve been trying to learn about my new home and spending a lot of time looking at google maps.
I’ve also been going off on major flights of fancy. While packing I might uncover an artefact in my house that possesses magical powers and I just didn’t know it was there. Or maybe, when I arrive in my new house there will be a secret door that leads to… Yes, I have an overactive imagination but that’s why I write. When I think ridiculous things I just start planning a story around them.
So in addition to exciting new challenges in the teaching world I am looking forward to trying new things with my writing. 2010 is going to be an adventure and one that I am unlikely to ever forget.
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